Audience Access

Organisations that received Audience Access funding 2017-2018

2017 – 2018 saw a total of 19 organisations funded through our Audience Access fund, with projects ranging from developing targeted audiences at arts centres to supporting audience growth for community cinemas and film festivals.

Find out more about our Audience Access funding here.


Iris Prize Festival 2017 (The Festivals Company)

9-14 October 2018, Cardiff

Ffilm Cymru Wales continues to support Cardiff’s International LGBT+ film festival through Audience Access. The festival provides an opportunity for audiences to see the best LGBT+ short films on the big screen but also creates opportunities for education and networking. The funding also supports the festival’s outreach work to increase access to films featured in the festival including events in Llandudno and work with Youth Pride Cymru.




Wales One World Film Festival 2018

13 March – 12 April 2018
Venues across Wales

Funding this year supports the festival’s continued strategy to reach young and diverse audiences, this included outreach work and developing new partnerships. In 2018 the festival screened in 5 cinemas and 5 community venues offering the best in world cinema to audiences across Wales.




Aberystwyth Arts Centre


Audience Access supports plans to increase audience development work at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, championing inclusivity within their cinema. Plans include working with their community to build screenings around BAME audiences as well as developing access schemes for the venue including more relaxed and targeted subtitled screenings. 





Abertoir International Horror Festival of Wales 2017

13– 18 November 2018, Aberystwyth

Abertoir continues to bring the best in specialist horror films to West Wales. The annual film festival continues to grow, with Audience Access supporting more opportunities to reach new audiences as well as piloting satellite events in North and South Wales as part of the festival.





Cardiff Mini Film Festival

22 – 24 June 2018, Cardiff

Ffilm Cymru Wales continue to support Cardiff Mini Film Festival to help the festival grow and expand it’s reach.  The festival creates a platform for upcoming filmmakers, as well as building networks with local organisations and community groups to expand the reach of their work. This year’s programme will have a focus on women in film including networking and discussions. 




Cardiff Animation Festival

18 – 22 April 2018, Cardiff

Part of Anim18 celebration of British Animation, the first Cardiff Animation Festival created awareness of independent animation to new Audiences through screenings at Chapter and in community pop ups, bringing new people to screenings as well as using the opportunity to strengthen the animation scene in Wales.




Wales International Documentary Festival 2018

18 – 20 April, Blackwood

The festival works to develop and create new audiences for Documentary film in South Wales. A key aim of this year’s festival was to develop further understanding of the audiences for documentary film more as well identifying key missing audiences and developing new ways to target them for future screenings and festival.




Wicked Film Festival 2017

10 – 14 October 2017
Westbury Castle, Prestatyn

Supporting a year-round programme of films and activities for young people and an International Youth Film Festival based in North East Wales. Providing cinema experiences and opportunities for young people in North Wales.





Theatr Clwyd


Supporting research to help understand their audiences, identifying development opportunities for the future. Their cinema team are currently working to target new audience aged 16-30 but also have plans to extend this work to include outreach with local schools and colleges.




PICS Film Festival 2017 (Galeri)

10 – 18 February 2018, Caernarfon

Held annually at Galeri, PICS celebrates the work of young filmmakers in North Wales. Audience Access helps the festival to provide Welsh language learning opportunities and film experiences for young people, while also continuing to develop the reach of the festival.





Neuadd Ogwen


In Ffilm Cymru Wales’ first year supporting this rural venue in North Wales, Audience Access funding is supporting a programme of film including collaborations with Ogwen Mountaineering Festival and initiatives to bring audiences aged 16-25 to the venue alongside continuing audience development research.





Taliesin Arts Centre


In 2018 Taliesin will be building on their connection to Swansea University and increasing their offer for students, bringing more young people to the venue. Continuing to provide a full-time space in Swansea for independent and world cinema, is also a focus of their funding award.




Theatr Gwaun


Since the transfer of the theatre to Theatr Gwaun Community Trust in 2017, the team have been working on ways to develop their programme as well as access to it. The funding supports audience research, development of their online presence, and the building of new networks within the community.





Pontardawe Arts Centre


Pontardawe Arts Centre continue to build their audiences through partnerships with Pontardawe Film Club as well as local schools and youth groups. The year will also see the arts centre exploring the programming possibilities for a full-time cinema space in the venue.






The Welfare, Ystradgynlais


Audience Access project at The Welfare focuses on building partnerships with local organisations to support new strands of screenings including extending their dementia friendly initiatives in other areas of the venue into their cinema programming.





Cardiff Community Housing Association / Flix Community Cinema


Ffilm Cymru Wales continue to support Cardiff Community Housing Association’s community cinema Flix in 2018. The cinema provides film programming for the people living within their community, as well as special events and screenings such as films celebrating Black History Month and the LGBT+ community.




Galeri, Caernarfon


Galeri is at an exciting junction as their cinema expansion project sees their second screen opening later this year. The funding supports creating new programming strands and opportunities for their new space, as well as working with new audiences and partners to continue to growth of their cinema.





Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff


2018 will see Chapter developing and piloting a new membership scheme for young people. Aimed at creating more interest with younger audiences for independent and world film, the scheme will also produce useful data exploring the issues surrounding young audiences and their use of independent screens which will influence ongoing young peoples’ cinema schemes in Wales.


Upper Afan Valley Community Cinemas

Cymmer Afan Community Library

Gwynfi Miners Community Hall

Following on from collaborations as part of Film in Afan, Gwynfi Community Cinema and Cymmer Afan Community Library continue to provide screenings in an area with little film provision. Ffilm Cymru Wales help to support strands of programming, particularly those targeted at young people and to continue to support initiatives to maintain free transport, low ticket prices and bringing new audiences to the cinema.